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Google Instant new feature – Previews

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday November 10, 2010 )

Is it just me or has Google rolled out more new features for search in the last 12 months than for it’s entire history? Anyhow, meet Google Instant Previews. (more…)


Social networks as service status sites

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday November 8, 2010 )

My web hosting service had an outage on the weekend, albeit relatively brief. And when I say outage, I mean outage. (more…)


Guys, laptops and laps

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday November 6, 2010 )

Many of us working in the online world take our laptops everywhere – you never know when you may need it, right? However, if you’re a male and using a laptop while out and about, somewhere you probably shouldn’t place it is on your lap. (more…)


Google releases mod_speed for Apache

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday November 4, 2010 )

Google continues to shape the web with it’s latest contribution to the online community, an Apache module called mod_speed. As you may have guessed mod_speed helps to speed up web site performance; this time at the server level. (more…)


One click unsubscribing

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday November 2, 2010 )

With 2011 just around the corner, it’s surprising how many list owners still like to make people jump through hoops to unsubscribe from email communications. (more…)


Paypal’s new micropayment system

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday October 31, 2010 )

Earlier this week, Paypal announced it will soon launch a new micropayment system for digital goods. (more…)


Instant messaging/live chat etiquette tip

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday October 30, 2010 )

Live chat can be a powerful conversion tool in the online world – but if used incorrectly or inconsiderately, it can be counter-productive; and the same goes for in-house instant messaging. (more…)


Survey – the wealthy love coupons too

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday October 27, 2010 )

A recent survey has found that coupons aren’t just loved by the battlers; but by people making big bucks too. After all, how do you think they became rich in the first place? (more…)


Letters to the editor

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday October 26, 2010 )

Remember the ubiquitous “Letters To The Editor” sections of newspapers? I’m assuming they still exist in those paper thingies – I haven’t read one for a while. Perhaps there’s a lesson for for all of us in those sections in relation to online comments. (more…)


Welcome emails – super marketing tools

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday October 23, 2010 )

I must admit I don’t put a lot of effort into the automated emails that follow a subscription; i.e. the “welcome” email.. but after reading a recent report, I think I’ll go back and redo them all. (more…)